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4000 IELTS Academic Word List (1)

IELTS academic test is a widely accepted examine in English countries. Its mark is a key for university or college admission, especially for applying top universities or scholarships. You have to work hard to prepare the exam, and spend much of time to build IELTS academic vocabulary. This word list is for this job.

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alter: Read
v. Syn. modify; change; convert
modify; cause to change; make different; convert

alternate: Read
a. Syn. substitute
happening or following in turns; succeeding each other continuously; substitute

alternation: Read
n.
successive change from one thing or state to another and back again

alternative: Read
a.
one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice

altitude: Read
n. Syn. elevation; height
elevation especially above sea level; height

aluminum: Read
n.
silvery ductile metallic element

amateur: Read
a. Syn. nonprofessional; inexpert
nonprofessional; lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art

amaze: Read
v. Syn. stun; astonish; shock
astonish; affect with wonder

amazement: Read
n. Syn. wonder; surprise
wonder; state of extreme surprise or wonder; astonishment

ambassador: Read
n.
authorized messenger or representative

ambiguity: Read
n.
state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty

ambiguous: Read
a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning

ambition: Read
n. Syn. aspiration
aspiration

ambitious: Read
a. Syn. aspiring; enterprising
aspiring; having a strong desire for success or achievement

ambulance: Read
n.
field hospital organized as to follow an army in its movements; wagon for conveying the wounded to hospital

amend: Read
v. Syn. correct; improve
change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors

amendment: Read
n. Syn. correction; revision
correction; revision

amends: Read
n.
compensation for a loss or injury; recompense; reparation

amiable: Read
a. Syn. agreeable; lovable
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly

amicable: Read
a. Syn. friendly
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome

amid: Read
ad. Syn. among
in the middle of; among; surrounded by

ammunition: Read
n. Syn. weapon
military stores or provisions; articles used in weapons, as powder, balls, shot, shells

amount: Read
n. Syn. quantity; sum
total of two or more quantities; aggregate; sum

ample: Read
a. Syn. abundant
more than enough in size or scope or capacity; fairly large

amplification: Read
n.
addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail

amplify: Read
v. Syn. intensify; increase
broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase

amuse: Read
v. Syn. absorb; distract; bewilder
occupy in an agreeable, pleasing, or entertaining fashion; cause laughter or be funny; delude or deceive

analogy: Read
n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity

analysis: Read
n. Syn. study; investigation
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts

analytical: Read
a.
of analysis; resolving into elements or parts

analyze: Read
v. Syn. diagnose; examine; analyze
diagnose; examine

ancestor: Read
n. Syn. forefather; forebear
forefather; forebear; forerunner or predecessor

anchor: Read
v. Syn. fasten
secure or fasten firmly; be fixed in place; narrate or coordinate

anecdote: Read
n. Syn. episode; story
short account of amusing or interesting event; short narrative; secret story of history or biography

angular: Read
a.
sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner

animate: Read
a.
endowed with life; alive; living; animated

animation: Read
n.
act of animating, or giving life or spirit; state of being animate or alive.

ankle: Read
n.
joint which connects the foot with the leg; tarsus

annex: Read
v. Syn. attach
append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit

anniversary: Read
a.
annual; yearly; annual return of the day on which any notable event took place

announce: Read
v. Syn. herald; proclaim
herald; give out; proclaim; make known publicly

announcement: Read
n.
formal public statement; act of making known publicly

announcer: Read
n.
one who proclaims a message publicly

annoy: Read
v. Syn. disturb; irritate
disturb, especially by minor irritations; irritate

annual: Read
a.
occurring or payable every year

annually: Read
ad. Syn. yearly
yearly; each year; returning every year; year by year

antagonism: Read
n. Syn. hostility; enmity
active resistance; condition of being an opposing principle, force, or factor

antagonist: Read
n.
one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent

antarctic: Read
a.
opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it

antibiotic: Read
a. Syn. antibacterial
of or relating to chemical substance that kills microorganisms and cures infections

anticipate: Read
v. Syn. expect; predict
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict

anticipation: Read
n. Syn. expectation
something expected; pleasurable expectation; wishing with confidence

antique: Read
n. Syn. relic; curio
any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion

antonym: Read
n.
word of opposite meaning; counter term

anxiety: Read
n.
concern something in state of painful uneasiness; state of restlessness and agitation

anxious: Read
a. Syn. eager; keen; worried
eager; keen; worried; uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter

anyhow: Read
ad.
in any way or manner whatever; at any rate; in any event

apart: Read
ad.
separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside

ape: Read
v. Syn. imitate
imitate; mimic, as an ape imitates human actions

apologize: Read
v.
beg pardon

apology: Read
n. Syn. regret
acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense; explanation or excuse

apparatus: Read
n. Syn. equipment
a group of parts that work together to perform given function; appliance or device for particular purpose

apparent: Read
a. Syn. visible
capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye

appeal: Read
n. Syn. attraction; charm
attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge

appealing: Read
a. Syn. attractive; charming
attractive; charming

appendix: Read
n. Syn. appendage; adjunct; concomitant
something appended or added

appetite: Read
n. Syn. desire
instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink

applaud: Read
v. Syn. clap; acclaim
acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands

appliance: Read
n.
durable goods for home or office use; device or instrument for household use

applicable: Read
a.
capable of being applied; fit or suitable to be applied; having relevance

applicant: Read
n. Syn. candidate
candidate

application: Read
n. Syn. diligence
close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance

apply: Read
v. Syn. exert
exert; put into service; avail oneself to;

appoint: Read
v. Syn. designate; nominate
designate; nominate

appointment: Read
n. Syn. arrangement
act of putting a person into a non-elective position; arrangement

appreciable: Read
a. Syn. considerable; perceptible
considerable; perceptible

appreciate: Read
v. Syn. admire; value
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of

appreciation: Read
n. Syn. recognition; taste
recognition; taste; judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one

appreciative: Read
a.
having or showing a just or ready appreciation or perception

apprentice: Read
n.
works for an expert to learn a trade; beginner; learner

approach: Read
n. Syn. access; method
access; method

appropriate: Read
v. Syn. acquire; allocate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use

approval: Read
n. Syn. sanction; endorsement
official approbation; endorsement; act of approving

approve: Read
v. Syn. ratify
ratify; consider right or good; think or speak favorably of

approximate: Read
v. Syn. approach
approach; come near

approximately: Read
ad. Syn. about; roughly
about; roughly

apt: Read
a. Syn. appropriate; suitable
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand

aptitude: Read
n. Syn. intelligence; talent
inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding

arbitrary: Read
a. Syn. capricious; impulse
randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle

arbitrator: Read
n. Syn. judge; arbiter
someone chosen to judge and decide disputed issue; one having power to make authoritative decisions

arc: Read
n.
continuous portion of a circle; something curved in shape

arch: Read
n.
any part of a curved line

archaeology: Read
n.
study of artifacts and relics of early mankind

architect: Read
n.
one who designs and supervises the construction of buildings or other large structures

architecture: Read
n.
art and science of designing and erecting buildings; buildings and other large structures

ardent: Read
a. Syn. intense; passionate; zealous
displaying or by strong enthusiasm or devotion; passionate

arduous: Read
a. Syn. hard; strenuous
demanding great effort or labor; difficult

area: Read
n.
plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range

arena: Read
n.
playing field where sports events take place; large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

argue: Read
v.
invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure; debate

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abandon  Read
Exercise
away from the correct path or direction, either in a literal or in a figurative sense; wandering
Exercise
a business that serves other businesses; an administrative unit of government
Exercise
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
Exercise
varied; miscellaneous
acquire  Read
Exercise
capacity; skill
Exercise
dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed in nature; very different place, society, or person
Exercise
append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
Exercise
gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
admiration  Read
Exercise
favorable judgment; feeling of pleasure, wonder, and approval
Exercise
independence; self-government or the right of self-government; self-determination
Exercise
similar; in the same manner or to the same degree
Exercise
activity of contributing to fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
admire  Read
Exercise
regard with wonder or astonishment; view with surprise; marvel at
Exercise
of analysis; resolving into elements or parts
Exercise
gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
Exercise
state of being absent; state of being away
affection  Read
Exercise
disturb, especially by minor irritations; irritate
Exercise
more than enough in size or scope or capacity; fairly large
Exercise
act or process of converting the controlling of a machine or device to a more automatic system, such as computer or electronic controls
Exercise
fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
agency  Read
Exercise
designate; nominate
Exercise
gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
Exercise
a business that serves other businesses; an administrative unit of government
Exercise
away from the correct path or direction, either in a literal or in a figurative sense; wandering
air  Read
Exercise
achievement; fulfillment
Exercise
knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
Exercise
away from the correct path or direction, either in a literal or in a figurative sense; wandering
Exercise
be broadcast on television or radio
alignment  Read
Exercise
arrangement; association; alliance
Exercise
any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
Exercise
sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner
Exercise
state of being absent; state of being away
allot  Read
Exercise
helper; person who assists or helps someone else
Exercise
achievement; fulfillment
Exercise
parcel out in parts or portions; distribute to each individual concerned; assign as a share or lot
Exercise
endowed with life; alive; living; animated
annex  Read
Exercise
append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
Exercise
defensive covering, as of metal, wood, or leather, worn to protect the body against weapons
Exercise
associate; incorporate
Exercise
recognition; taste; judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one
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n.
event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; sudden, and unexpected event


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n. Syn. embellishment; decoration
embellishment; decoration; something that beautifies or adorns; ornament


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n. Syn. risk; venture
something happens without design; chance; hazard; risk; danger


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v.
be broadcast on television or radio


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n.
passageway between rows of seats, as in an auditorium or an airplane; wing of a building


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a.
half-open; slightly turned or opened


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v. Syn. absorb; distract; bewilder
occupy in an agreeable, pleasing, or entertaining fashion; cause laughter or be funny; delude or deceive


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a.
of analysis; resolving into elements or parts


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v. Syn. clap; acclaim
acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands


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v. Syn. admire; value
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of


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